DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
06-Jan-07 (22-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with whaleman, thanks David!)alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Moderate hops, orange citrus and sweet fruitiness highlight this tasty Imperial IPA. Of course, it’s very malty as well, the sweet, caramely and grainy malts providing a solid, balancing base. The beer is moderately bitter at the beginning of each sip, though that aspect surely has mellowed to some extent. But along with a perception of increased hoppy bitterness, a slight spiciness emerges toward the finish as well. There is a moderate dusty quality in the background flavor and mouthfeel. Despite the sweet flavor, the mouthfeel is reasonably dry, and the dryness is enhanced by the dusty character. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation, so overall, this is a smooth, pleasant-drinking IIPA. Sweet, grainy, very fruity and modestly hoppy nose seems to mirror the flavor for the most part, the hops being a bit more diminished aromatically. Very hazy, golden-amber in appearance with an off-white head that pours small, but dissipates at a very slow rate, never fading beyond a patchy film with a wide ring. Nice out of the bottle, I hope to see this at a local festival some day.
Draft sample @ Chama River. This was a welcome surprise to be able to taste this along with the regular lineup on tap. Pours orange golden in color. The nose grabs you quickly with a heavy dose of pine resin and citrus. I’m not sure if the malts ever came through, but it was a great nose nonetheless. The flavor was more of the same but the malt presence was more pronounced. Still, this is about the hops; pine, citrus, and earthy. Medium/full mouthfeel and a pleasure to try. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Tasted at the April Northern California Beer Tasting. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a hand bottled 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with a whole lot of piney hops. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet with some caramel. The hops are piney, grapefruity and citrusy. A big ol hop bomb of an double IPA. I needed to check to make sure it wasn’t from San Diego. Way overbalanced towards the hops. A medium to high bitterness IPA. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is bitter. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2009 Holy crap this is hoppy. Provided by aspidites in a hand bottled bomber, this was the resiniest, piniest, hoppiest beer I ever imagined drinking. It had a tiny bit of malt, but it was quickly beaten down so that the hops could let more hops out of the glass and into the air, my nose, my mouth, the neighbors, the family down the street, etc. A unique experience. (Did I mention it was hoppy?) rjulian24 (18) - USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Excellent beer, great nose, alcohol bite, good balance for a hop bomb. Resinous and dank.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2007
Big resiny hops with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Thick mouthfeel with floral piney hops, caramel , alcohol and bright herbs. Finishes brassy and herbal. hopscotch (11248) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Mostly clear yellow ale with a small, frothy, white head. Earthy, woodsy aroma with a note of pine. The flavor is well-balanced and earthy, but leans a hair on the bitter side with mild toffee and moderate pink grapefruit tannins. Pinch of salt. Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2006
GABF 2006. Recommended to me by a beer judge that lives in NM. One of the five best IIPA’s I tried @ the fest. Tons of crisp, citrusy hop aromas and flavors. A great brew. Haven’t had many good Southwestern US brews, so this one tops the list. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. The beer pours to a golden body with a thin white head. The beer has a huge sweet peach/apricot/nectarine aroma. Huge and hoppy. Bitter grapefruit, nectarines, and resiny oils in the flavor. Bitter, medium full bodied, with a nice texture. A must try. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Golden pour very dense white head w/ good lacing. Rich simcoe grapefruit tropical fruity aroma... mmm.. soo nice. Palate is rich a ltl oily w/ some light creaminess in the swallow. Flavor is nicely bitter grapefruit & tropical fruits. A good carmel in it.. ooh do I love simcoe w/ a great fruity dry finish. This is an excellent IIPA.